Pascal and I just finished our Spring teaching at Ryerson. In April we quickly wrap up the winter semester and plunge directly into facilitating “intensive courses” – a whole semester condensed into one very long week. This spring we taught 4 intensives in 5 weeks. We absolutely love this format, but by the fourth Friday we are completely exhausted.
During the intensives I struggle to hold on to my healthy practices of self-care. Ten plus hours in the classroom everyday makes it difficult to fit in moments where I consciously rejuvenate myself. Sometimes the thought of hauling my butt to the yoga mat is too much to even consider. More caffeine becomes my substitute.
Yoga Instructor & Awesome Humyn
This Spring Ian Elliott has been that example for me. Ian is our local Shiatsu therapist and yoga instructor (recently accepted into teacher training at Octopus Garden!). When our student load reached a 160 students this Spring, Ian was the person that reminded me that whenever I get back to the mat is a good time to get back to the mat. When my body started complaining about too much time at my keyboard, Ian reminded me to stretch, to rest, to take breaks and to breathe.
Finding those examples outside of ourselves is essential and you certainly act as one of those examples for me. I’m curious what drew you to practice yoga?
It’s refreshing to hear that there was no major epiphany or lightening bolt, just a growing desire to feel better in your body and the courage to walk into a yoga class. What was that very first yoga session like? Do you remember how it felt?
How true! After a session on the mat I feel bigger and far less restricted in multiple ways. It’s a glorious feeling, and yet sometimes I opt out of the hard work of yoga and just lay down for a Shiatsu treatment. I always appreciate that I can request either yoga or shiatsu and know there’s no judgement coming from you. How do you see your yoga practice intersecting with your work as a Shiatsu Therapist?
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